Iowa First Lady Says Libraries are Taken for Granted

Iowa First Lady, Christie Vilsack, has launched a campaign to promote libraries and literacy in her state. In two years, she has visited 80 institutions and plans to visit every library in the state of Iowa. According to Vilsack, \"public libraries are an important economic development tool...They are an often taken-for-granted asset, which won\'t be there if we don\'t support them.\" more... from The Dunlap Reporter.

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More University Staff Suspended for Inflammatory Comments

The Guardian is reporting on a number of suspensions that have occurred in universities across the U.S. since the September 11 terrorist attacks. The suspensions have ruffled the feathers of free speech advocates. more...

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Jailed Juveniles Develop a Taste for the Classics

Classic novels are making a difference in the lives of some troubled kids in a Santa Barbara detention center. According to the article, \"the Great Book Club began with one book, one member, and one librarian. Many juvenile offenders who used to \"flash gang signs, swear or just stare at the ceiling in their cells, now while away their evenings with Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway and Jack London.\" more... from Santa Barbara News Press.

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Book decency rules weak, parents say

Washington Times is running This One on the never ending fight in the Fairfax County [VA] schools over appropriate reading material in school libraries.

A committee made up of school system staff came up with some new guidelines, while some members say they are happy with the guidelines, others say this does not address their concerns.
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Internet Radios Aid Africa

Cavan McCarthy passed along This Interesting story from the BBC on Internet radios in Africa.

They have some kind of special radio connected to an adapter card in a Pentium computer, on the other end, the radio is connected to a detachable micro-dish receiver outside the window. It\'s currently operating in four countries - Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia and is called Arid Lands Information Network - Eastern Africa (ALIN-EA)

I\'ve read about something similar here in the states on Slashdot.

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Shamed spy\'s memoir locked away

Charles Davis writes \"A memoir by the so-called Fourth Man in the Cambridge
spy ring has reportedly been locked away in the British
Library.
The manuscript by Anthony Blunt, the former Surveyor of the
Queen\'s Pictures who was exposed as a Soviet spy, will not
be released until 2013, according to the Times.
It is said to document his years as a spy and has been
locked away to avoid embarrassing high-profile figures, the
surviving executor of Blunt\'s will told the newspaper.
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Pittsburgh Bookmobile Funding in Crisis

A suprisingly detailed article on the struggle to fund Pittsburgh\'s apparently much-loved bookmobiles, from a new favorite, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

When Rosemary Mahalchak began searching for a videotape of a film called \"Breathing Lessons,\" she expected to find it rather easily because it was made recently, had well-known stars and was filmed, in part, around Pittsburgh.

But after a five-month search through bookstores, libraries and video stores, Mahalchak gave up hope of finding the 1994 made-for-TV movie . . . Then, just as she does one Tuesday each month, Mahalchak walked over to the Bookmobile when it stopped at the Chartiers Senior Resource Center in Carnegie, a few blocks from her home.

\"When I saw it here, I almost fell on the floor,\" said Mahalchak, a youthful 77-year-old with a flair for the dramatic who was at the Bookmobile last week returning the tape. . .

Mahalchak, though, and other Bookmobile patrons now are worried that with Allegheny County eliminating its funding for the five mobile libraries . . .

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Canadian Court Rules in Favor of Freelance Authors

From Information Today:

For anyone interested in copyright, electronic databases, and freelance writers, there’s a new Canadian decision you should know about that promises to be a landmark case: Robertson v. Thomson Corp. [2001 O.J. No. 3868]. The case has not yet been reported in printed Canadian law reports, but a summary of the decision is available.

Robertson v. Thomson Corp. is a major Canadian copyright decision in a CDN $100 million class-action suit between Heather Robertson, on behalf of freelance authors, and Thomson Corp.; its electronic publishing affiliate, Information Access Co.; and The Globe and Mail newspaper (recently sold and now owned by Bell GlobeMedia). This is the first Canadian case to examine the ownership of—and the subsequent right to be compensated for the use of—articles by freelance writers in online databases . . .

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Library Audit Shows $3.3 Million Surplus

A recent audit of the Ann Arbor (MI) District Library resulted in the discovery of a $3.3 million surplus. Original calculations had projected only about $1 million in surplus money. The staff at the library has gone without a cost-of-living pay increase since 1996. more... from Michigan Live.

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From the comics pages

\"The Dinette Set\" is an odd single-panel comic that\'s sometimes pretty funny, and sometimes ... well, just odd. Today\'s take on bookmobiles made me smile. I think the use of quotation marks had something to do with it.

Letter Containing Powdery Substance Opened in Office of Libary Dean

A letter containing a powdery substance was opened in the office of the Dean of the Library at Western Kentucky State University in Bowling Green. Authorities believe it to bt a hoax, but tested the material anyway. Students and library staff who had been in the building at the time the letter was discovered were locked inside the facility for about 45 minutes. more... from The Bowling Green Daily News.

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NYC Library Budgets Cut by 15%

Library Journal is reporting that New York City libraries are facing budget cuts:

Along with nearly all other city agencies, New York City libraries are facing a 15 percent spending cut in the wake of the World Trade Center attack, which may cost the city $1 billion in lost revenue. Agencies \"can’t spend all the money they thought they could spend,\" said Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, noting that the city had lost significant revenue from hotel, restaurant, and retail sales taxes.

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Harry Potter at the Bodleian

Oxford University\'s Bodleian Library was used as a set for the upcoming Harry Potter film:

In Oxford\'s Bodleian Library gift shop, you can buy Shakespeare notebooks, postcards, quills, writing sets and highball tumblers (inscribed with opening lines and dramatis personae from, among others, Hamlet and As You Like It). There are Alice in Wonderland paperweights, posters, postcards and keyrings and Edward Lear cat mugs to peruse. Pick-me-up sticks (\"A traditional game to test dexterity\"), fridge magnets, mouse mats and silk devore scarves (inspired by the vaulting of the Divinity School) share shelf space with miniature replica gargoyles, a lamp with books painted on its base (£210) and the tome, JRR Tolkien: Life and Legend. The shop accepts Switch, Amex, Visa and Diner\'s Club. You cannot, as yet, buy anything pertaining to Harry Potter. This may well change: the Bodleian Library - in all its delicate, ornately carved glory - is one of the locations used for the filming of Harry Potter and the Philosopher\'s Stone . . .

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War and the Renaissance in University Publishing

From Publisher\'s Weekly:

To say publishing has changed since the attacks is to downplay the transformation of the world we now inhabit--a place where Costco orders from Yale University Press, where the director of Rutgers UP finds packs of editors at Frankfurt clamoring for her attention, where Princeton can say with no exaggeration that a book titled The Paradox of Patriotism is selling briskly.

These are heady times for university presses, who, after a decade of trying to move into the trade, have now found the trade, rather suddenly, moving to them. Yale\'s Taliban by Ahmed Rashid has landed on the Times bestseller list with six-figure sales numbers more appropriate to The Rock, while authors like Princeton\'s Bruce Lawrence (Shattering the Myth) have made somewhere in the neighborhood of eighty media appearances . . .

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Reading material causes airport security freakout

The Philadelphia City Paper reports that a man was prevented from boarding a plane because he was reading a book.

The book, Hayduke Lives!, has a picture of a bomb on the cover.

\"He told me to step aside,\" Godfrey says. \"Then he took my book and asked me why I was reading it.\"

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Machine Learning Board Steps Down

The Chronicle of Higher Education
has More Good News on the journal front, at least half the editorial board of Machine Learning, signed a resignation letter this month because the journal\'s subscription fee was so high that scientists\' articles were not reaching a wide-enough readership.
The publisher responded by saying that it would increase the number of journal pages and reduce the annual subscription rate for individuals. The subscription rate for universities and research centers remains at $1,050.

Campaign for America\'s Libraries Update

John W. Berry writes:\"@ your library, The Campaign for America\'s Libraries, has just wrapped up its first year, and what a year it has been! The Campaign for America\'s Libraries continues to present opportunities for libraries of all types across the country- public, school, academic and special -- to remind the public that libraries are changing and dynamic places of opportunity that bring you the world.


Perhaps the greatest accomplishment of the campaign is the level of participation we\'ve seen. Libraries in all 50 states were involved in the campaign before it even kicked off to the public during National Library Week last April with the help of First Lady Laura Bush.

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Censorship Through Concentration

Fran writes \"Discussion by Mark Crispin Miller regarding terrorism and civil liberties and the manner in which the media is excluding relevant events from reported occurrences.

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Interesting look at how the strong media concentration has caused censorship to become largely privatized, that is the owners of the media and major advertisers censoring what we read. I guess this will free up the government to worry about passing more...new...better...faster laws (DMCA).
Oh, wait, no, that was bought and paid for by that same strong media concentration .

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The Electronic Paper Chase

Scientific Amercican has a Report on the latest and greatest in ePaper.

They talk of \"the last book\": several hundred bound pages of self-printing paper with a separate processor imprinted on each page and enough memory chips in the hardcover volume\'s spine to store the entire contents of the Library of Congress.

I like how new technologies are always able to \"Store the LOC\", microfilm, the web, ePaper....

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Library of Congress Closes to Test for Anthrax

Although there has been no indication that the Anthrax bacteria has invaded the Library of Congress, the facility has been closed for precautionary reasons in order to check the building\'s ventilation system. An earlier report indicated that Anthrax spores may have been detected in the LOC, however as of now, that is not the case. more...

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